Originally Published: May 4, 2010 9:30 p.m.
The Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society will be doing a presentation on The Plant Atlas of Arizona Project (PAPAZ) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott.
PAPAZ is a partnership with the Arizona Native Plant Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Garden, Forest Service, Northern Arizona University, and Museum of Northern Arizona to document the plant diversity of Arizona by training volunteer botanists to assist on research and collecting excursions. Botanists-in-training learn plant identification, collection, and documentation skills throughout the year in field and classroom settings from regional experts. In turn, they bring high-level technical skills to assist with vegetation monitoring and documentation.
Since 2008 PAPAZ has trained nearly 100 volunteer budding botanists to complete important botanical inventory work in northern Arizona.
Anyone interested in becoming a part of this project or wanting to learn more is encouraged to come to attend the meeting. A field trip introducing collection techniques is planned in our area this year (the date and location have not yet been determined).
The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott. For more information, call 776-9550.